Determination of Alcohol and Extract content in Spirits and Liqueurs

Measuring the alcohol content in spirits and liqueurs is essential to ensure that products comply with the alcohol content declaration on the label and to provide the basis for the payment of the tax. Different measuring solutions are available to fulfill these demands. The most suitable solution is based on the application requirement and product properties.

Maturation from spirits to liqueurs

The variety of different alcoholic products on the market is boundless and growing though favor innovation.  What started with flavors from barrel aging spirits has matured into a wide range of blended spirit-based beverages.  Consistent to all alcoholic beverages around the world is the requirement to measure and report accurate alcohol content.  Achieving high accuracy throughout the blending process and into the final package ensures that your distillery will meet the government regulations.

Blending the product with water to achieve the correct alcohol content is the one of the most time-consuming process in production.  Careful to not exceed the stated label content, one must also keep an eye on the extract content for consistency in flavor profile.  Checking on the alcohol concentration after each water addition can take 2 to 3 hours by classical laboratory distillation method.  Faster methods exist to obtain a result for Alcohol, but there are sacrifices which must be made to trade speed for accuracy.  

Anton Paar offers products which fulfil government requirements for verification of label claim for alcohol content. The industry standard is stand-alone density meter like the DMA 5000 M can measure the alcohol content in spirits, but paired with a distillation apparatus it becomes suitable for all products.  Beverages containing flavors and sugars require the time-consuming laboratory distillation procedure, but instruments like the Modulyzer Liqueurs and Alcolyzer Analyzing System will save time by reducing the number of distillations and improve the speed of obtaining results without sacrificing accuracy.

The right choice is always dependent on the size of the distillery, number of different products and the produced spirit classes itself.

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